New Queens College Psychological Center Will Serve Community

— Award-winning Psychologist Dr. Yvette Caro Will Direct Clinic Much-Needed in Queens —

FLUSHING, NY, October 29, 2010 – It can be a frightening and overwhelming experience when you or a loved one has psychological or behavioral problems. Yet with more hospitals closing in Queens and New York City – and so many people needing help as they face the stress of continued unemployment – quality, affordable mental health services can be difficult to find.

A new psychological center at Queens College has opened to help fill this need. Under the leadership of clinic director Dr.Yvette Caro, the Queens College Psychological Center (QCPC) is dedicated to providing low- or no-cost mental health care to children, adolescents and adults in the community and on campus. Students in the college’s Clinical Psychology: Neuropsychology doctoral program will provide treatment to patients under the close supervision of experienced, licensed psychologists on the faculty.

Yvette Caro - QC-resized for web“I’m excited to work at this clinic, located in one of the most diverse areas of the country,” says Dr. Caro, a resident of Jackson Heights. “In some immigrant communities, there is a stigma around seeking psychological help, and by the time the patients come to us, they are very ill. We hope that through our community outreach, we will be able to help individuals at an early stage of their difficulties.”

The clinic offers psychological evaluations; individual, group, family and couples psychotherapy; counseling services; and a variety of group-based interventions including social skills training for children and parent management education for adults. All staff members strive to create a safe and trusting environment in which a variety of issues can be shared, explored and therapeutically addressed.

Among the problems the clinic can address are anxiety, depression, interpersonal/relational, grief and bereavement, coping with medical illness or disability, self-esteem and body image concerns, parenting issues and adjustment to changing life circumstances. For children, typical difficulties may include separation anxiety, school refusal, social anxiety, fears,phobias, social skills deficits, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), tantrums, aggression, depression, moodiness, impulsivity, defiance and disobedience.   

Dr. Caro is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years’ experience in public service at Bellevue Hospital Center, the flagship of the public hospitals owned and operated by the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC). For 14 years Dr. Caro directed the bilingual treatment program – which she helped develop and implement – at Bellevue’s outpatient mental health clinic to serve the Hispanic and Asian communities, many of whose patients also had medical and psychosocial problems. In addition, she has offered education, training opportunities and internships to pre- and post-graduate doctoral students in the mental health professions, as well as undergraduate and high school students.  Previously Dr. Caro served as psychologist for NYC’s Homeless Mentally Ill Initiative, an in-patient program for homeless individuals identified as “gravely disabled” as a result of mental illness and in need of psychiatric assistance. 

Dr. Caro has received numerous awards for her work, including the Association of Hispanic Mental Care Professionals Public Service Award, and has been recognized by the HHC for her commitment and excellent quality of care to the community.

Located in Razran Hall, Room 141, the QCPC is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. All new applicants for psychotherapy or counseling services will be charged $25 for the initial consultation, but the fee will be waived for those with serious financial difficulty. Fees for services will be on a sliding scale, taking into account personal and/or family income; no one will be turned away because of inability to pay. Every effort will be made to identify resources to patients who require care outside the scope of the clinic’s practice.

To find out more about the clinic’s services or to schedule an appointment, call 718-570-0500.

This clinic is the first of its kind at Queen College to offer broad psychological services for community residents of all ages. Thanks to its Child Health and Development Program directed by Distinguished Psychology Professor Jeffrey Halperin, QC already enjoys a strong reputation for its outreach to parents whose children have ADHD and other neurodevelopmental  disorders. For the past decade, preschoolers with ADHD have been receiving help through the federally funded QC Preschool Project. Most recently, Psychology Professor Anil Chacko has developed a free treatment program for 7- to 11-year-olds with ADHD.

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